It was amidst heated discussions, debates and opinions on the proposedĀ anti-conversion bill, theĀ Karnataka governmentĀ passed ā€˜The Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Bill, 2021.ā€™ It was presented by state Home MinisterĀ Araga JnanendraĀ in the state Assembly on Tuesday.

The BJP MP from Bengaluru-Central, P C Mohan took it to microblogging platform, Twitter to announce the passage of the bill by BJP government in English and Kannada respectively.

Screengrab of MP PC Mohan’s tweet in English.
Screengrab of MP PC Mohan’s tweet in Kannada.

The law prohibits ā€œunlawful conversionsā€ from one religion to another by misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, allurement, or by any fraudulent means. The law makes religious conversion aĀ non-bailable offenceĀ that can inviteĀ 10 yearsĀ of imprisonment for ā€˜forcedā€™ and a penalty ofĀ Rs.1 lakh.

It must be noted that earlier in the recent past, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Himachal Pradesh haveĀ enactedĀ the anti-conversions laws with more or less provisions declaring forceful conversions, a cognizable offense.

The Karnataka assembly today witnessed a huge hue and cry between the rulingĀ BJPĀ and the OppositionĀ CongressĀ as the government took up the Anti-Conversion Bill for the consideration of the House.Ā Siddaramaiah, the leader of opposition in Karnataka assembly,Ā said that the BJP is misguiding the people by claiming that Hindus are decreasing in the state and the Christian and Muslim population is increasing year by year.

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